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Scheetz Farm, House, 7161 Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington, Montgomery County, PA



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Location
7161 Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington vicinity, PA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS PA-6666-A
Building/structure dates: 1750 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1800 subsequent work
Significance: The Scheetz Farm is significant for its architecture and history. The vernacular house on the property demonstrates an additive construction history with portions dating to the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. The original one-and-one-half-story portion of the house appears to date to the 1750s, representing a rare survival of a little known dwelling type from the Colonial period. Subsequent additions, all of them architecturally intact before recent decay, show a transition from traditional ethnic building techniques to nationally popular architectural trends. The additive character of the house reflects the growing agricultural and industrial prosperity of Montgomery County during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the local prominence of the Scheetz family, who were farmers, paper millers, public officials, and military veterans. The structure also conveys its more recent history as a dual occupancy residence, fulfilling the needs of both tenant farmers and suburban commuters.

Subjects
Farmhouses
Residential Facilities


Related Names
Scheetz, Henry
Scull, Nicholas Jr.


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
Northwest gable and southwest elevation, looking north. Note ridgeline off-center from northwest gable.
Southeast gable. Looking northwest. Note extension to rear of two-story block.
Southeast and northeast elevation of Federal addition and rear kitchen ell. Looking southwest.
Northwest elevation of elevation of kitchen ell; northeast elevation of main house and one-story additions. Looking south.
Detail of door in northwest elevation of kitchen ell. Note masonry seam to right of door, showing rear wall of Federal addition.
Detail of masonry seam in southwest elevation, between original house and Federal addition; also simulated ashlar finish of Federal addition underneath current stucco. Left window unaltered from original house.
Side passage of Federal addition, looking southwest towards front of house.
Side passage of Federal addition, looking northeast towards rear of house; rear kitchen visible through doorway.
Front first-floor room of Federal addition looking northwest through passage.
Rear first-floor room of Federal addition, front room to left and stair passage to right.
Southeast room of northwest wing (now accessed only from Federal addition, to left); looking towards front of house; window frame unaltered from original house.
Second-floor passage of Federal addition, looking towards bathroom at front of house.
Northeast wall of rear kitchen ell.
Northeast wall of rear kitchen chamber.
Central first-floor room of northwest wing, looking through entry to northwestern room. note crack in ceiling showing location of summer beam.
Detail of summer beam in southeast wall of stairwell, northwest wing of house.
Central room of northwest wing, looking northeast towards rear wall with built-in cupboard.
Northwestern room of northwest wing looking northeast towards rear wall showing entrances to one story additions.
Northwester upstairs room of northwest wing looking southeast through stair landing and hallway to southeast room. note far floorboard with smoke damage between historic joists; modern joists in stair landing.
Southeast upstairs room of northwest wing showing southeast masonry wall shared with Federal addition. note angled cracks showing original 1 1/2 story gable.
Half-cellar underneath original house showing fireplace relieving arch at northwest end; enclosed "cheese" room to right
"Cheese" room in half-cellar showing stone trough, later fireplace supports, stairs inserted in original relieving arch.
Attic over northwest wing showing fishmouth collar beams; note roman numerals and cocked gable.


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